Screen gems: What’s ahead in movies and on TV for the week of Sept. 22

 

Big screen

Opening Friday

Baggage Claim (PG-13): Intent on getting engaged before her younger sister’s wedding, a flight attendant (Paula Patton) gives herself a month to find her perfect man. Djimon Hounsou, Adam Brody, Taye Diggs and Derek Luke are among the eligible bachelors.

Blue Caprice (R): Isaiah Washington and Tequan Richmond star as the deranged father-son team who embarked on the Beltway sniper attacks that left 10 people dead in October 2002.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (PG): Bill Hader returns as the voice of the hapless inventor who came up with a machine that made food rain down from the sky. Now he must figure out how to deal with the voracious animals that mutated as a result of 24/7 chow.

Cutie and the Boxer (R): A documentary study of the unusual 40-year marriage between the famed painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife Noriko.

Don Jon (R): Joseph Gordon-Levitt wrote, directed and stars in this comedy about a promiscuous online-porn addict who falls for an innocent woman (Scarlett Johansson) weaned on happily-ever-after Hollywood romances and fairy tales.

Enough Said (PG-13): Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars for writer-director Nicole Holofcener ( Please Give, Walking and Talking) as a divorced single mom who realizes the man (James Gandolfini) she has started to fall for is the ex-husband of her new best friend (Catherine Keener).

Metallica Through the Never: Shot in IMAX 3D, this thriller centers on a Metallica roadie (Dane DeHaan) who is sent on an increasingly surreal mission during one of the band’s concerts.

Out in the Dark (unrated): A gay Palestinian college student (Nicolas Jacob) illegally crosses into Israel to visit Tel Aviv’s gay bars, where he falls for a Jewish lawyer (Michael Aloni).

Rush (R): Ron Howard directs this no-nonsense, R-rated look at the legendary rivalry between Grand Prix drivers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) during the 1970s, on and off the race track.

Rene Rodriguez

Small screen

Dexter (9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime): Eight years and approximately 88,000 murders after he came to town, Miami’s favorite serial killing cop is saying his bloody goodbye. Will he finally get caught by our apparently none-too-bright police force? Or sliced and diced by one of our incredibly numerous other serial killers? Or run off to Argentina with that cute poisoner Hannah McKay? The series finale promises a bloody good time will be had by all.

Mom (9:30 p.m. Monday, CBS): Anna Faris stars in this bitterly funny new sitcom about three generations of women who sent their lives off the rails with teenage pregnancies.

Hostages (10 p.m. Monday, CBS): A taut thriller, with Dylan McDermott starring as a rogue FBI agent who takes the family of the president’s doctor hostage. His demand: for the doctor (Toni Collette) to kill the president during surgery.

Back in the Game (8:30 p.m. Wednesday, ABC): A hilarious, gender-bending Bad News Bears for the new millennium, Back in the Game stars Maggie Lawson (Psych) as a former college softball star who gets baited into coaching her son’s Little League team of spastics and misfits. James Caan plays her wildly overbearing ex-coach dad.

The Crazy Ones (9 p.m. Thursday, CBS): Robin Williams makes a wildly funny (yet also quite dark) return to TV playing an advertising executive who’s losing his grip on life; Sarah Michelle Gellar is his daughter and business partner, struggling to reel him back in.

The Michael J. Fox Show (9 p.m. Thursday, NBC): A comedy about Parkinson’s Disease sounds ghastly. But in the hands of Fox, a real-life victim of the disease, it’s both comic and affecting.

Glenn Garvin

Miami Herald

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